This is a hard book for me to rate/review. Ultimately, it's four stars, because the writing was wonderful, but the story kind of lost me towards the end, especially in the last quarter of it which I had to struggle through, being rather bored.
I liked the first half of the book a lot
more than the rest of it. I just can't help it - no matter how much I try, fantasy-world fantasy isn't my thing and as soon as the action turns away from our world, my eyes glaze over and I just ... don't really care.